Humanitarian Assistance


Building the capacity of partner nation civilian and military institutions to provide essential services to civilian populations. The Department of Defense (DoD) conducts Humanitarian Assistance (HA) to relieve or reduce endemic conditions such as human suffering, disease, hunger, privation, and the adverse effects of unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO), particularly in regions where humanitarian needs may pose major challenges to stability, prosperity, and respect for universal human values. The Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) appropriation funds DoD HA activities that build the capacity of a partner nation (PN) government to provide essential humanitarian services to the civilian population and supports PN efforts to reduce the risk of, prepare for, and respond to humanitarian disasters thereby reducing reliance on international disaster relief assistance. OHDACA-funded programs offer a unique security cooperation tool for Combatant Commands (CCMDs) to gain access, visibility, and influence within their regions and achieve theater and U.S. national security objectives.

HDM Programs: